A city of divine architecture and legendary history, Venice is a celebration of the romantic spirit. The Ca’ Sagredo Hotel, classified as a National Monument, will take your breath away. Leaning majestically on the banks of the Grand Canal, between Ca’ D’Oro and the Rialto Bridge, the 15th century Palace still preserves the untouched beauty of an ancient noble Residence.
In the middle of the 17th century, the palace was purchased by the Sagredos, one of the most prestigious families of the Venetian nobility. The palace has been restored to its former glory with marble staircases, sculptures, carvings and majestic frescoes giving a hint of past splendors such as the hidden doorways and secret passageways which the Sagredo family would use to avoid the prying eyes of their servants (particularly when using the hidden Casino which was situated secretly on a mezzanine level unseen from the main staircase). There are even rumors of an underground passage from the hotel beneath the canal to the Venice Casino.
With its lavish pink façade, the Palace is a real gem, half hotel, half museum with important works of art by 17th and 18th-century artists Sebastiano Ricci, Giambattista Tiepolo, Niccolò Bambini and Pietro Longhi.
Take time out to discover the extraordinary artworks throughout Ca’ Sagredo. Breakfast is served in the luxurious rooms between the Ballroom and the Music room, from which faint strains of opera can be heard. This creates a wonderful ambiance, enhanced by the staff who are so friendly and accommodating. In particular Bruna – the lady in charge of breakfast is exceptional. This is no ordinary breakfast either, from incredibly ripe fresh fruit and fruit juices to delicious hot meals and bakery items. All the glass fixtures in the hotel (sconces, chandeliers etc) are made at the prestigious factory in Murano (just a short boat ride away) and have a unique and beautiful quality about them.
With its splendid panoramic terrace on the Grand Canal, L’Alcova Restaurant is one of the only restaurants situated on the Grand Canal. In an exclusive setting, Chef Josef Klostermaier creates a cuisine made of fresh ingredients and characterized by a strong ‘back to nature’ concept. He focuses on elaborating traditional recipes and the local products are enhanced through the daily attentive personal selection from the Rialto Market. The Rialto market is just in front of the hotel: cross the canal to experience the seasons of the sea and the fresh products. The Restaurant Manager Gianpaulo is a surprise and delight, the consummate host and abundant with information on the hotel and the city and its little gems.
There is something very seductive about this Palazzo – it’s a real treasure: the restoration carefully enhances the original noble features, delighting the senses while evoking respect for times gone by.